‘UFC Will Not Like What I Say’- Georges St-Pierre Wants UFC to Change This Rule ASAP

Published 03/18/2021, 11:15 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC is facing a fresh problem that needs some urgent attention. The number of eye-pokes is rising, and after the recent ‘No contest’ between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad, the need for a change is paramount. The former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, gave his opinion on the issue and addressed the need for some better gloves.

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He sat down with Ariel Helwani for ESPN MMA and talked about a lot of stuff, including this.

“UFC will not like what I say now, but it’s the truth. The glove, the way they are made, they make the hand open. I’m a UFC guy 100%. I make my living there,” the Canadian said.

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He showed that his allegiances were with the UFC. However, he explained that the UFC needed to change their gloves. “The gloves in UFC make your hand open. When they are brand new, they make your hand open. The glove in Bellator makes your hand closed,” he expanded.

Bellator had acknowledged the fact that their gloves weren’t up to the mark and had implemented the changes in their design. Several designs for gloves have come out now, which causes the fingers to stay down. They make it harder for athletes to keep their hands open.

Georges St-Pierre provides a solution for the problem

He didn’t stop there and talked about his fighting days. The Canadian also said that when he was in the locker room before his UFC fights, they folded gloves to make them softer. He mentioned that the referee, John McCarthy, tried to soften the gloves as well.

“We need to change that. It’s normal. We adjust as the sport goes on, and now they need to adjust the equipment,” Georges St-Pierre added.

“The glove needs to be made in a way that naturally makes your hand fold, and if you wanna open your hand, you need to force your hand.”

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada fights Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

A glove like that will surely make life easier for the athletes as they won’t have to worry about eye pokes anymore. The fans will also get to enjoy fights some more, and the referees won’t have to go by rules to stop the fight in between, as much as they have to do now.

Do you think the UFC needs to take a leaf out of Bellator’s book?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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